Could more houses be built in a Somerset town?

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 August 2017

A map of where the 20 houses could be built. Picture: Google Maps

A map of where the 20 houses could be built. Picture: Google Maps

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A Somerset town which could already see 80 houses new built within its boundaries could now receive a further 20 after a developer revealed new plans.

A group of Cheddar-based landowners has applied to Sedgemoor District Council for outline planning permission to build off a busy main road in Axbridge.

The group wants to build off Cheddar Road, which is a few minutes from the busy A371.

The application would deliver 20 houses, five of which would be affordable, to help meet the district council’s Afforable Housing Policy.

Planning agent Greenslade Taylor Hunt said in the application the proposal relates to a ‘highly sustainable’ location.

The application says: “There would be ample opportunities for residents to travel using sustainable modes of transport.”

The application would see the demolition of one house and agricultural outbuilding before development can begin.

It would aim to meet Axbridge’s housing requirements, as laid out in Sedgemoor’s emerging local plan.

The application says: “The plan requires a minimum housing allocation for Axbridge of 70 dwellings during the plan period.”

The local plan aims to tackle key issues affecting the whole district, including flood risks, poor transport links, housing demand and environmental preservation.

It rates Axbridge and Wedmore as tier two settlements, meaning they are seen as reliant on neighbouring towns and villages for some services.

Sedgemoor believes Axbridge, Wedmore and eight other communities must accept a share of 576 houses before 2032.

Not everyone supports the local plan though, and one critic during public consultation accused the council of wanting to ‘allocate housing to the area without looking at what we need and what restrictions there are’.

This is the second application the district council has received in the past year for Axbridge, following proposed plans to build 80 houses, including 32 affordable homes, off Houlgate Way.

Residents shared their concerns over the idea at a public meeting with developer Hannick Homes.

Fomer Axbridge mayor Barry Hamblin said: “There is no properly conducted housing needs survey to justify this number of affordable homes.”

You can comment on the application at www.sedgemoor.gov.uk and search 02/17/00022.

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